- All owners of caches with physical components placed within graveyards, cemeteries and Church grounds will have to provide details of the person that provided permission for the placement. This person should be of sufficient authority to give this permission.
- This request applies only to physical stages so virtual stages of caches within these areas that lead to a physical cache placed outside will continue to be reviewed using the principle of "assumed permission".
- All current caches that were published under the principle of "assumed permission" are now considered "grandfathered". However, if you own such a cache that doesn't have appropriate permission I recommend that you approach the landowner for permission or change your cache to remove the physical component from the graveyard, cemetery or Church grounds.
- To everyone that has a cache placed in such an area with full permission of the landowner I'd like to say thank you for your efforts. It may be helpful for others to place a piece in your cache description detailing who gave you permission and thanking them so that others know that it can be done and to give them an idea where to start looking.
In both the UK and US this approach was welcomed and supported by the geocaching community. I hope that this will also be the case in Ireland.My anxiety about this is that, in looking for them, people will necessarily be rummaging around, even walking over graves. This is obviously a bit insensitive for those who have loved ones buried in the churchyard
As always if anyone has any queries or questions feel free to post them here or contact me privately by PM or email via this forum or my profile on GC.com
Thanks and regards,
Croaghan - Volunteer Reviewer for Geocaching.com (Ireland)